What is face painting and the technique of its application

In order to make face painting on your face with your own hands, you need to purchase not only paints. You will also need special makeup products. All the materials you need can be found in art stores. The paint can be powder – diluted and regular. It is most convenient to apply makeup with sponges and brushes. It is better to purchase several instruments of different diameters at once. There should be at least two brushes – a thin one for small details and a wider flat one.

Pay attention to the fact that the brushes are made from natural materials.

Before applying the paint to your face, you should test it on a small area of  the body. Although the dyes must be hypoallergenic, there is a possibility of individual intolerance.

Beginning of work

The face painting technique is quite simple – it is similar to drawing on plain paper. However, when drawing on the skin, you should be extremely careful. One mistake – and all the makeup will have to be washed off and started all over again. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you think over the sketch in advance and take your time. Do-it-yourself face painting should be mastered from the simplest ideas. With each new performance, the skill will grow and it will be easier and more interesting to do make-up at home.

Having chosen a picture, you can get to work. You need to act step by step, in strict accordance with the following instructions.

First of all, the base paint is applied. Apply the base color in a smooth and even layer. For this, it is most convenient to use a sponge or sponge. The main tone is applied in stages from the hairline to the chin. Especially carefully you need to process the areas around the mouth, eyes and nasolabial folds. The eyebrows are also processed at the first stage. They need to be made as invisible as possible.

The next stage of the scheme is the treatment of the areas around the eyes. Here you need to act very carefully so as not to damage the delicate skin. Therefore, it is recommended to work with a wide and soft brush. The hand should be held at a right angle to the skin. With the help of a pencil, eyebrows are drawn, this detail will set the mood for the entire makeup.

Then face painting is applied in stages, from top to bottom: cheeks, mouth, chin.

Then outlining is done with thin contours. Contouring yourself can be tricky.

In cases where do-it-yourself face painting for children is created, the stage of applying the base can be skipped and immediately draw the details. Thus, it will be possible to shorten the makeup removal time.

Face painting for children – ideas

Let’s list the main types of face painting that are popular among kids.

First of all, these are animals. All children love to imagine themselves as tiger cubs, bunnies, butterflies, chanterelles, fish, hedgehogs, mice, horses and so on. Before you start drawing, you should check with the child exactly who he wants to become. Further, in accordance with his wishes, an image is created. Here you will have to try and identify the most characteristic signs of a particular animal: mustaches, stripes, specks, and so on.

Another popular motif is fairytale characters and superheroes. Spider-man, batman, teenage mutant ninja turtles, princesses, dragons and others can be written in this category. All of the above images are created not only with the use of face painting, but also with the appropriate costumes. Without them, at times, it can be difficult for a child to explain to others who he has reincarnated into.

Face painting for adults

Face painting for adults is used, as a rule, in two cases – for the entertainment of children and for their own joy, for example, for a Halloween party.

If the task is to please the children, you can use the following images: princess, snow maiden, fairy, snow queen, mermaid. The appearance of such a guest will be a real gift for the guys. Especially if you dress up according to the chosen image.

If there is no opportunity to change clothes to match the makeup, it is better to reincarnate as a super-hero or a clown. Here it will be enough just to paint the face. These images are also advantageous in that they do not require special elaboration and detailing. It is enough to draw a bright lip contour and a stretched smile or a batman mask – and you are already recognizable.

Face painting is also popular at various themed parties such as Halloween. As a rule, images of witches, skeletons and all kinds of evil spirits are created here.

In addition, face painting is used by adults at various entertainment or advertising events. For example, it can be used when working on a photo shoot or exhibition.

Face painting drawings for beginners

Any training begins with the application of simple patterns to the skin.

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Some parents confuse aquagraph with face painting. However, these are two different technologies. They make drawings with face painting for children for New Year’s holidays, birthdays and other events. The paint is used with a special safe water-based composition, therefore it does not cause allergies and does not clog into the pores on the skin.

Before starting this procedure at home, you need to buy all the materials and tools for face painting. The price for paints and kits is reasonable. You can buy everything in an online store or supermarket, where there is a special department of goods for creativity. To do facial drawings for children and adults, you will need the following:

  • paints of different colors;
  • sponge;
  • sponge;
  • brushes made of natural material;
  • pencils or crayons.

The face painting technique is simple even for beginners. However, before you paint the face of your beloved baby, you should consider the following contraindications:

  • age up to 3 years;
  • individual intolerance;
  • scratches, injuries on the face;
  • skin diseases.

What can be drawn on the face depends on the age and gender of the child. Girls, as a rule, like images of flowers, faces of kittens or chanterelles, images of fairies, snowflakes or princesses. For boys, the makeup of a superman, a pirate, a wolf or a spider-man is more suitable. In any case, you need to take into account the wishes of the child and apply the image that he likes.


How to paint on the face of children? Below are the basic steps and rules for beginners:

The foundation should be applied from the hairline using a sponge or sponge. Particular attention is paid to the nasolabial folds, the area around the eyes, eyebrows.

  • Using a wide brush, treat the eyelids.
  • Eyebrows are drawn with a special pencil.
  • The drawing is applied in stages: on the cheeks, lips, chin of the child.
  • They work out the contours and small details.

One of the specific holidays that adults and children have been actively celebrating in recent years is Halloween. The image on this day must be special, so make-up for children that turns them into zombies, vampires, witches and ghouls will be very appropriate. However, the make-up of the baby should be different from that of the adult. The paint should be tested for allergens, and the picture itself shouldn’t be too intimidating.

It is important for little women of fashion at any age to be the most beautiful. Face drawings for girls should be chosen taking into account the event. It can be:

  • bee;
  • fish;
  • The Snow Queen;
  • kitty;
  • butterfly;
  • a fox;
  • bird;
  • a princess;

When choosing an image for a boy, you should take into account his age. If the child is small, then it is better to make up for him as a harmless cartoon character, kitten, hedgehog or other cute animal. It is recommended to ask the kid himself who he wants to be. Face drawings for school-age boys can be in the form of images of superheroes, pirates, koshchei, ninja turtles, dragons.

One of the most long-awaited holidays for all children is the New Year. On this occasion, face art masters are often invited to matinees, who inexpensively and quickly paint all those present in fairytale heroes or cute animals. Professionals always have a catalog with a photo with them, where you can choose an image for yourself. If parents decide to do New Year’s face painting for children on their own, then you can depict:

  • snowflakes;
  • princess;
  • fairy;
  • penguin;
  • snowman;
  • frosty pattern;
  • the snow queen.